Some Jews No Longer Qualify . . .

by Allan Lichtenstein   SINCE I AM an Israeli citizen, Israel’s recent decision last March to ban entry to members of certain Jewish activist groups will not affect me. When the ban passed the Israeli Knesset, therefore, taking aim at the international boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS), I did not pay much attention. The law forbids “granting entry visas […]

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Impressions from J Street, 2017

by Ron Skolnik BERNIE SANDERS, SUPERSTAR EVERY J STREET conference has its rock star, that one figure whose presence elates the crowd and gives them hope amidst the gloomy reality. In 2013, for example, it was VP Joe Biden: The appearance of the man a “heartbeat away from the presidency” signaled to J Street’s activists […]

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American Jews Line Up Against the Trump Ban

by Ron Skolnik WITH NOT MUCH to smile about since Inauguration Day, it has been heartening to see the nearly undivided reaction of the American Jewish community to Donald Trump’s January 27 Executive Order (EO) on immigration and refugee admission – widely considered to constitute a Muslim ban. With one or two glaring exceptions — […]

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The Climate March: Unity vs. JVP

by Myriam Miedzian I’VE GONE TO MANY A MARCH — from Free Algeria when I was a student in Paris, to Get Out of Vietnam, to No War in Iraq. Many of them were very large, but the People’s Climate March in New York was the largest I’ve ever attended. At least 250,000 people, probably a […]

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Notes from a Small Planet: Six Degrees, Six Days

by Mimi Bluestone SIX DEGREES CENTIGRADE. That’s how much scientists expect global temperatures to rise if human beings keep burning fossil fuels at current and projected rates. Six degrees is four degrees more than the temperature at which nearly all of the world’s governments have agreed we can survive as a species. Even a two-degree […]

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Kibitznik's Choice: Jews Against Islamophobia

Remember our friend (I use that word as sarcastically as possible) Pamela Geller? You know, the one who put up the ads in the transit systems of several cities that read, “In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man. Support Israel, defeat Jihad.” Well, she’s at it again, this […]

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Mordechai Liebling: Two Views of the Divestment Movement

by Lawrence Bush Rabbi Mordechai Liebling, former head of the congregational arm of the Reconstructionist movement and a long-time activist with the Jewish Funds for Justice, has published a piece with Jewish Voice for Peace about why he recently came out in support of church participation in the movement to divest in corporations that profit […]

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